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Marriage of a Thousand Lies

A Novel
By: SJ Sindu
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Lakshmi, called Lucky, is an unemployed millennial programmer. She likes to dance and have a drink or two, and she makes art on commission. Fifty bucks gets you high-resolution digital images of anything you want (orcs, mermaids, cos-playing couples in sexy boudoir scenes) and a nice frameable print. Lucky's husband, Krishna, is an editor for a greeting card company. Both are secretly gay. They present their conservative Sri Lankan American families with a heterosexual front while each dates on the side.

When Lucky's grandmother has a nasty fall, Lucky returns to her mother's home to act as caretaker and unexpectedly reconnects with her childhood best friend and first lover, Nisha. Nisha has agreed to an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't know but finds herself attracted to her old friend. The attraction is mutual, and Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie. But does Nisha really want to be saved? And what does Lucky want, anyway? To live openly means that Lucky would lose most of the community she was born into - a community she loves, an irreplaceable home. Lucky, an outsider no matter what choices she makes, is pushed to the breaking point.

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A joy to read

This was a very moving, emotional, and joyous book with excellent narration. It was an interesting look into Sri Lankan culture and how life is for a gay woman in that culture. I look forward to reading future books by this author.

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Heartbreakingly Good

I usually go for the happy ending kind of love story. But I decided to give this a chance and I am happy I did. SPOILER.......although it is an awakening of the main character at the end and she doesn't get the girl and her struggle is real. I enjoyed the journey. As an Hispanic American, I can relate to the close ties within the Indian culture and traditions that play heavy on our life choices. So I was able to relate a lot. And can I say the narrator was OUTSTANDING. Absolutely one of the best I've heard so far. All in all, I encourage anyone to give this amazing book a chance.

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Am I the only person who struggled to finish?

I liked the premise and I felt like the book touched on a lot of important topics like the overlap of being brown and gay. But I am struggling with this one. It feels slow and depressing. I am about 2/3s. I think I will leave and come back to this one.

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  • 04-15-18

Loved it!

Loved the book and how the narrator brought the emotions into what the charaters said throughout the book. This is the first book I have read/listened to where the protangist is not heterosexual. This book brings a mixture of sexuality, culture and societal expectations that I identify with.